Richard D. Stearns
Richard D. Stearns, age 56, of Kingston Township, died Monday, April 8, 2013 in General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
Born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Rich was the son of the late Jack Wesley and Emma Blythe Stearns. He was a 1975 graduate of New London High School, New London, Iowa.
After graduation Rich enlisted in the U. S. Army where he met his wife, the former Deborah Dennis, joining her in Pennsylvania after his tour of duty.
He had previously been employed by the former Techneglas, Inc. of Pittston and currently worked for L.T. Verrastro Inc., Old Forge.
Rich enjoyed slot car racing and Nascar. A sports enthusiast, he remained true to his Iowa Hawkeyes, supporting all Hawkeye athletics. He shared his love of sports with his daughters, coaching their softball team and officiating games. He was active as an umpire for many different leagues and would also referee basket ball.
His greatest joy however, was his grandson, Casey. He was in his glory and would spend much of his time during the fall and winter months on the football field running chains for his grandson’s games.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were sister, Florence Hallowell and numerous aunts and uncles.
Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Deborah Stearns, Kingston Township; daughters, Joey Lyn Stearns, Kingston Township; Pebbles Whalen and husband, Brian, Shavertown; grandson, Casey Whalen, Shavertown; sisters, Virginia Hill, Patricia Nolte and Shelley Bechtel and husband, Christopher, all of Iowa; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM from the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home, Inc., 140 N. Main Street, Shavertown, PA 18708. Reverend Anne M. Emery, Pastor of Wyoming Valley Presbyterian Church, Wilkes-Barre, will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Memorial Shrine Park, Carverton. Friends may call Friday, April 12th from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home.